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Educational Services Division
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
What We Offer
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program prepares underachieving, under-served students for eligibility and success in four-year colleges and universities. Through AVID, high school and middle school students have equal access to college preparatory curricula. Last year, 86% of California's AVID students completed the UC and CSU "a-g" subject requirements, compared to the state's overall completion rate of just 35%.
State-funded, independent research, together with AVID's own data, validate that the AVID college-readiness system works. Consider: AVID students are more likely to take AP classes, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who don't take AVID. Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, with roughly three quarters getting into four-year universities.
AVID also helps ensure students, once accepted to college, possess the higher-level skills they need for college success.
For more information, see the AVID Region V web site.
Read Taking college prep to middle school, an article published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on February 11, 2007.